How to Practice Mindfulness

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Mindfulness is having a sense of present moment awareness. When you are mindful, you can appreciate fully what you are thinking, feeling and doing at any moment. People spend most of their time concerned with either the past or the future. Mindfulness draws you to the present moment. It is a skill that you can cultivate over time when you are willing to investigate the mind and seek inner peace.

  • Sit quietly in a comfortable position and begin to breathe evenly and quietly.

  • Observe your breath as you breathe in and out. Be conscious of everything that is happening in your body as you focus your attention on your breath.

  • If your mind wanders, bring it back to focus on the slow, in and out of your breath. If you need to, count slowly -- each breath in as 1 and each breath out as 2 -- to help you focus. As thoughts and feelings arise, acknowledge them and continue to focus on your breathing.

  • Try to remain in this position for at least 15 minutes each day, increasing the time as you are more able to stay focused. As you build your mindfulness practice and concentration, you may shake off anxiety, quiet your mind and feel more serene.

  • Begin to be mindful of everything you do. Bring your focus quietly to each action you perform throughout the day. Pay attention to your actions, without trying to change anything. Each moment, be with whatever it is that you are experiencing.

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